Government Revives Projects

| April 14, 2015

Government will expedite implementation of projects, which were shelved due to economic recession that hit the country since 2008, President Lt Gen Seretse Khama Ian Khama has said.

Addressing residents of Mmatshumu on April 11, President Khama said government was implementing projects since the country was recovering from recession.

President Khama was responding to requests from Kgosi Keletshwaretse Phetsogang who had requested for, among other things, the tarring of a road that connected their village with Mosu. Kgosi Phetsogang had also requested for the upgrading of his kgotla, electrification of government houses and offices.

Kgosi Phetsogang had also requested for more tractors and farming implements so that his people could benefit from ISPAAD. He argued that lack of such implements and machinery denied his people an opportunity from benefiting from government benevolent programmes and hence resorted to the traditional broadcasting method of ploughing.

He further commended government for six per cent increment on public servants salaries stating that such a move characterised a responsible government.

In response, President Khama said government had purchased 60 tractors for the ISPAAD programme, a move he said was informed by tractor population of individuals. He revealed that there were about 2 500 tractors owned by individuals and government decided to engage them since they were enough to cater for the whole country.

President Khama said officers responsible for implementation of ISPAAD programme were engaging tractors’ owners to discuss how best they could benefit from ISPAAD and to prepare for the next ploughing season.

As part of encouraging Batswana to partake in ensuring food security, President Khama said government was providing free fertilisers as package of the ISPAAD programme. On other issues, President Khama said government was committed to improving the livelihoods of young people and benefits may be realised in the near future.

He commended, Kgosi Phetsogang for appreciating the government’s efforts towards improving the welfare of public servants and promised that government will continue working towards improving the situation even further, circumstances permitting.

President Khama expressed his gratitude to public servants who appreciated the country’s economic situation especially when he explained the country’s financial challenges vis-agrave-vis salary increment and other public servants needs.

President Khama also served food to the residents of Mmatshumu, donated Bibles, rechargeable lights, two football kits and blankets.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Business & Finance

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